As feared, part of the Elm Point Levee has burst and water is rushing through right now at a rapid pace.
Authorities say that the levee burst in two spots around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
One of those holes is reportedly the size of a football field.
Several homes and businesses in the area are now flooded.
Officials say that residents in that area voluntarily evacuated before the breach.
I found this on Youtube. We were playing the studio version in here tonight, and it was making the baby move, so I went looking for the tabs for guitar and bass and found this. It is stunning. Roberta has one of the most beautiful voices ever, and apparently Gina, our daughter to be in September, likes it, too.
The Central Intelligence Agency asked The New York Times not to publish the name of Deuce Martinez, an interrogator who questioned Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other high-level Al Qaeda prisoners, saying that to identify Mr. Martinez would invade his privacy and put him at risk of retaliation from terrorists or harassment from critics of the agency.
After discussion with agency officials and a lawyer for Mr. Martinez, the newspaper declined the request, noting that Mr. Martinez had never worked under cover and that others involved in the campaign against Al Qaeda have been named in news stories and books. The editors judged that the name was necessary for the credibility and completeness of the article.
The Times’s policy is to withhold the name of a news subject only very rarely, most often in the case of victims of sexual assault or intelligence officers operating under cover.
Mr. Martinez, a career analyst at the agency until his retirement a few years ago, did not directly participate in waterboarding or other harsh interrogation methods that critics describe as torture and, in fact, turned down an offer to be trained in such tactics.
The newspaper seriously considered the requests from Mr. Martinez and the agency. But in view of the experience of other government employees who have been named publicly in books and published articles or who have themselves chosen to go public, the newspaper made the decision to print the name.
This is the same exact thing the Times threw a fit about during the Democrat/Media generated and created Plame story. The hypocrisy would breathtaking if it wasnt the DNC/Obama controlled NYT. (It used to be edited by the Clintons, now its edited by the DNC and Obama Campaign). I posted this without permission, in hope of drawing out the author; he needs to be called seditious, and be assured by honest and resonable people of his treason. NYT-you dont speak for America, you speak for her enemies. Dont like my posting without permission? Sue me, you ******* traitors.
FOLEY — John Watson plans to ride out this spring’s flood in a tent set up near a portable generator, fan, TV and a cooler — all on his roof.
On Tuesday, water from the flooding Mississippi River remained a couple of miles away, out of sight in a line of pecan trees across wide bottomland fields.
“But it’s coming,” Watson said.
Water began pouring Tuesday over levees in several areas in Lincoln County. Authorities repeated their plea, first made Monday, for residents between the river and Highway 79 to voluntarily evacuate.
No way, said Watson, who lives on Mill Street, in sight of the highway.
He and his stepson Billy Ray Smith, and a friend, Charles Jarvis, sweated as they rolled up carpets and hoisted them into the attic, safe from the flood they expect will arrive by Thursday. Watson, 49, also stored interior doors in the attic and put his furniture and appliances in storage.
He is among the estimated 20 residents in low-lying areas who plan to stay in Foley, population about 200, and nearby Winfield, population about 900, as the Mississippi rises to near the record levels of 1993.
Parts of Foley, Winfield, Elsberry and Old Monroe are among the Lincoln County areas likely to go under this week. Several hundred homes could be affected, said Andy Binder, a spokesman for the county emergency management department.
Eighty National Guard members were scheduled to be in the county by today, Binder said. Half would help bolster levees while the rest would prepare to man checkpoints along Highway 79 to keep potential looters out of flooded areas.
Watson, a roofer, said he feared that thieves would enter his unprotected residence and strip out valuable wiring.
“I can’t afford to lose my house,” he said.
As a result, he plans to camp out on his roof in a tent set up on a wooden pallet leveled with bundles of shingles.
About a dozen flood victims moved temporarily to an American Red Cross shelter established at Winfield High School.
Lincoln County authorities appealed for donations of nonperishable food and bottled water for weary volunteers and emergency officials. Donations may be delivered to the Winfield Ambulance Base at 11 Highland Drive.
To the south, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann declared a state of emergency, which can help in getting state and federal aid. Emergency management officials met in Portage des Sioux to discuss flood preparations, which include the stacking of 10,000 sandbags along Portage Road. The West Alton and Portage des Sioux areas are expected to bear the brunt of flooding.
Upstream, in Clarksville, Mo., residents, volunteers, National Guard members and Missouri inmates continued sandbagging to protect the small town. Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said all was being done to prepare for the predicted 38-foot flood crest on Friday.
“We fix one thing and it breaks,” she said. “Sewers are plugged up. We have leaks in wells, and people need things. We’re boating food to people.
“I cry a lot, but I get a lot of e-mail prayers. That helps.”
Farther upstream in Hannibal, Mo., residents expressed relief because levee breaks to the north caused the Mississippi to drop slightly in Mark Twain’s hometown. Officials said they expect the city’s levee and flood wall to hold back the water.
In all, the state deployed nearly 500 National Guard members to flood areas. Nearly 190 prisoners from the state Department of Corrections helped pile sandbags in Clarksville, Canton, Louisiana and Marion County.
Hermann and Washington authorities said flooding from the Missouri River is minor and presents no threat to residents.
In Illinois, a breach in a sodden levee on the Mississippi near Burlington, Iowa, gave quiet relief to several Grafton-area residents.
“It’s terrible to say, but a levee breaking up there helps us down here,” said Greg Medford, a Jerseyville resident who was in Grafton on Tuesday to help sandbag his father’s convenience store.
West and East Main streets remained divided by the encroaching river. Water lapped at the backs of businesses along Main Street — with some closed and others open.
Residents milled about town or drove the steep back roads along the bluffs to bypass the flooded area severing the town’s main thoroughfare.
The river crest forecast was extended a day and raised by 4 inches in Grafton. Now, the Mississippi is expected to crest Tuesday morning at 31.4 feet.
In Alton, floodwater covered part of West Broadway, which was partially closed Tuesday. Workers began constructing a temporary gravel road to bridge floodwater at the entrance to the Argosy Casino, which remained open.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich added Madison County to a state disaster declaration to help those areas respond to flooding issues along the Mississippi. Since last Wednesday, the governor has declared 19 counties state disaster areas.
About 230 Illinois inmates helped pile sandbags in several areas. Blagojevich activated 1,100 Illinois National Guard troops to assist with sandbagging and other flood preparation efforts.
In Foley, Watson already was looking forward to the post-flood cleanup. He eyed a large mulch pile across the street and predicted floodwater will float it through his neighborhood.
“It’s going to be a huge mess,” he said. “That’s why we’re going to leave the screen doors up, to keep some stuff out.”
Post-Dispatch reporters Nicholas J.C. Pistor and Joel Currier and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ever since the basement floods from last April and May, I have a phobia of floods. By this weekend, Old Charbonier will be completely underwater all the way to 370. The entire valley from Portage De Sioux over to West Alton and down to Old Charbonier will be flooded. Yesterday and today, FEMA began staging behind our building, anticipating a crest at 30 feet all the way to Jefferson County. On Monday, I’ll be seeing it from the air. Looks like we wont be fishing in the rivers for awhile..
Clarksville, MO, which is upriver from Winfield
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
UPDATED, 7:12 a.m.
WINFIELD, Mo. — Floodwaters punched a 150-foot hole in a Winfield levee last night, and firefighters spent hours in the dark going door-to-door to warn residents in one subdivision that water was coming faster than expected.
Bill Byram, assistant chief and fire marshal of the Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District, said the levee just east of Winfield along Pillsbury Road broke about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Water was quickly flowing toward a second levee, and the National Guard was fortifying that with sandbags.
About 2 a.m. today, Byram noticed that water was coming up Highway N, north of Foley, at a fairly fast pace. It was heading west into Winfield Acres, a subdivision just outside the city limits.
“Water was coming to town faster than we thought,” he said.
So by 3 a.m., Byram had ordered firefighters to knock on doors of about 40 homes and wake up residents in a voluntary evacuation.
Some said they wanted to stay. But about half decided to go.
“They started loading up right then. They didn’t realize it was coming so soon,” he said.
For those who stay, Byram said the fire crews have boats ready for rescue efforts.
OUR EARLIER STORY
By Joel Currier
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
PORTAGE DES SIOUX — Winona Cissell isn’t worried. She’s seen it all before.
She says her cousins took her in when the 1993 flood forced her out of her house on Main Street.
But at 96, she says she has outlived her cousins and has no plans of abandoning her home unless this spring’s high-water mark turns her living room into a muck-filled aquarium.
“I’ve been through a lot,” she said Wednesday as water lapped onto her driveway. “I don’t think it’s going to get that high this time.”
In towns such as Portage des Sioux and West Alton, living by the Mississippi River this week means living on the edge. Surging floodwater breached two levees in western Illinois and spilled over levees in Lincoln County, where another levee breached late Wednesday.
The river is expected to crest Monday at 31.2 feet in Grafton, which officials say is the closest measure for Portage des Sioux. At that level, water could cover sections of Portage Road and block access to the town. Volunteers filled 6,000 to 8,000 sandbags to protect stretches of Portage Road, where minor flooding is expected over the next few days.
Officials in St. Charles County, however, were optimistic that no major population areas would see flooding after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered some of its crest predictions slightly Wednesday, in part because of the two levee breaches about 45 miles south of Gulfport, Ill.
The levees surrounding West Alton held Wednesday and water levels stayed about 2 feet below the top, according to Alderman Beth Machens. But officials planned to watch the river closely. “It’s really day-by-day,” she said.
Serious flooding struck Lincoln County when floodwater broke through a levee Wednesday night just east of Winfield along Pillsbury Road. The county’s emergency operations center said the breach was 150 feet wide and water was quickly flowing toward a secondary levee, but would not affect sandbagging efforts under way at that levee.
Lincoln County authorities urged residents east of Highway 79 to evacuate their homes and go to the Winfield High School shelter or seek higher ground immediately. Hundreds of homes in the area were threatened as water continued rushing over levees near Winfield, Elsberry, Foley and Old Monroe, but it was unclear late Wednesday how many were affected by the breach.
Earlier in the day, water was rushing into farm fields east of Highway 79 and was expected to flood several other roads in the area. Nearly 190 National Guardsmen patrolled the region Wednesday, fortifying levees, checking on residents and guarding against the threat of looting, Andy Binder, spokesman for the county emergency management department, said.
Volunteers had filled about 25,000 sandbags by Wednesday, Binder said, but more help is badly needed to fill 175,000 more.
Sandbagging also continued Wednesday in Clarksville and Louisiana, Mo., where Fire Chief Mike Lesley said the man-made walls of sandbags were holding strong. Volunteers in Clarksville this morning will begin building two 200-foot-long walls of compacted mesh and sand along one of Clarksville’s main thoroughfares, said Mike Russell, the city’s emergency management director. The river there is expected to crest Saturday at a record-breaking 37.7 feet, just above the 1993 level. Russell said volunteers will not stop sandbagging until the river drops.
Gov. Matt Blunt toured the levee in Hannibal and met with volunteers Wednesday. The river is expected to crest there at 31.3 feet Friday evening but officials say they expect the levee and floodwall to protect the town. The record is 31.8 feet set in 1993.
The Associated Press and Leah Thorsen of the Post-Dispatch provided information for this story.
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Portage De Sioux is visible from the roof of our house. Fortunatley, we are considerably higher on the bluff, than Portage, which is in the valley. One of my favorite fishing sites will be gone this weekend. Prayers for all involved.
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An artists’ town where the Mississippi River is expected to crest at record levels Friday was hanging on with prayers from strangers and volunteers from as far away as sympathetic New Orleans.
The historic town of 500 people, midway between St. Louis and Hannibal, was in the same situation as other northeast Missouri communities that were trudging on, giving up, or suspending efforts Tuesday as they tried to meet the challenge of near-record flooding expected later in the week.
The picturesque, red-brick town’s antique mall and restaurants were surrounded by floodwaters as National Guard members, Missouri inmates and college students were sandbagging levees and buildings. A group from New Orleans, with painful memories of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, were due to arrive soon.
With five city blocks already swamped, Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said Clarksville was doing all it could to prepare for Friday’s projected 38-foot crest.
“We fix one thing and it breaks,” she said. “Sewers are plugged up. We have leaks in walls, and people who need things. We’re boating food to people.
“I cry a lot, but I get a lot of e-mail prayers. That helps.”
In the downtown, where buildings house shops of artisans and craft people, Guard members and dozens of volunteers worked on a massive sandbag wall, at places 12 feet wide and 8 feet tall, as the Mississippi River began to lap at its edges.
The Guard members, many of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, were glad to be helping in Missouri.
A couple in their 20s, Amanda Elliott and Victor Wright, have been working with volunteers since Friday to save his aunt’s home, where they’re staying. They used a boat to ferry sandbags through a yard filled with water.
“Yesterday morning, I just couldn’t lift another sandbag,” said the home’s owner, Roberta Hilton of Laurie. “I own the house, but at one point, I thought, ‘Is it worth it?”‘
South of Clarksville in Lincoln County the situation was deteriorating rapidly. Around noon, floodwaters began overtopping levees east of Foley, Old Monroe and northeast of Elsberry, along Highway 79. Sandbagging efforts were suspended at Foley, and the rapid water flow into low-lying areas was rising to 1993 levels. People were urged to evacuate.
To the north in Canton, emergency management director Jeff McReynolds said flood preparations would end Tuesday in anticipation of Wednesday’s predicted 27.5 foot crest. The river was at 26.2 feet in Canton on Tuesday.
Canton’s levee is designed for 24.5 feet of water, but it has a 3-foot extension. Volunteers have added 2 feet on top of that.
“We feel pretty good,” McReynolds said. “We’ve had 1,800 volunteers since the weekend. But it’s D-Day today. We have to be done today. We’re at 99 percent.”
McReynolds said his main fear is that 10 days of prolonged high water will place too much pressure on the levee.
“Am I nervous? Hell yes,” he said.
Levees at Canton and Hannibal, to the south, were the only ones from Burlington, Iowa, to St. Louis that held in what’s known as the Great Flood of 1993. Authorities in both towns believe their levees will hold during this flood too. Hannibal is so confident that it suspended sandbagging of its levee and flood wall on Tuesday.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” Hannibal Deputy Police Chief Lt. James Hark said. “The river has dropped a tad because of levee breaks north of us. We’re expecting a crest of 31.5 feet on the 19th or 20th. We’re at 27.74 now.”
Downtown businesses, including sites of the city’s most famous son, Mark Twain, were dry. “People are walking and driving,” Hark said. “It’s business as usual.”
Water covered some blocks that were transformed from residential to green space after the ’93 flood.
In La Grange, just south of Canton, 15 percent of the town of 1,000, which does not have a levee, had evacuated. Most of the town sits on a bluff, but homes and businesses are in low-lying places.
“The town will come back,” City Administrator Mark Campbell said. “But how it comes back may have to be rethought. Homes in the flood plain may have to move out and (placed) in a park.”
The tiny town of Alexandria, population 166, just south of the Iowa border abandoned sandbagging efforts on its 27-foot levee and evacuated Monday.
North of Alexandria, most of the 100 residents of St. Francisville on the Des Moines River had evacuated. It has no levee.
The Humane Society of Missouri opened a temporary shelter for pets Tuesday in Bowling Green at the Pike County Fairgrounds. People also could drop off pets at the Hannibal Humane Society or the Canton Veterinary Clinic for transfer to Bowling Green.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said that by late Tuesday, he will have deployed nearly 500 National Guard members to flood-stricken communities. The Missouri Department of Corrections has dispatched 186 offenders to help fortify sandbags in Clarksville, Canton, Louisiana and Marion County.
and Further South, about 20 miles from here-
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Flood Waters Continue To Rise; Evacuations Requested In Winfield
The flood watch is now all along the Mississippi.
River neighbors are watching the water rise and hoping they can stay dry
But the water is everywhere.
Many low lying areas already seeing the rising rivers spill onto their property
It’s not exactly like the great flood of 1993, but for those most affected by the flooding it will come close.
From the upper Midwest down into Missouri and Illinois, the damage could reach into the billions and in some spots the crest isn’t even expected until later this week.
We have a team of reports on the flood watch, from Clarksville, Winfield, Grafton, and downtown St. Louis.
FOX KTVI seems to have the most people on scene. Its kind of eerie to know a wall of water is coming that will crest the levees. There are three of them within 20 miles of here in the other direction from Winfield. We are sitting in between the Mississipi and the Missouri Rivers; in 2003 most of the roads across the Rivers and Ferries were closed. This time its supposed to worse, but not as bad as ’93..
This a pic we took in Alton, Ill, right over the river from us in 2003..
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Most voters favor the resumption of offshore drilling in the United States and expect it to lower prices at the pump, even as John McCain has announced his support for states that want to explore for oil and gas off their coasts.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey—conducted before McCain announced his intentions on the issue–finds that 67% of voters believe that drilling should be allowed off the coasts of California, Florida and other states. Only 18% disagree and 15% are undecided. Conservative and moderate voters strongly support this approach, while liberals are more evenly divided (46% of liberals favor drilling, 37% oppose).
Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that gas prices will go down if offshore oil drilling is allowed, although 27% don’t believe it. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of conservatives say offshore drilling is at least somewhat likely to drive prices down. That view is shared by 57% of moderates and 50% of liberal voters.
Nearly all voters are worried about rising gas and energy prices, with 79% very concerned and 16% somewhat concerned.
McCain is expected to formally call today (Tuesday) for the lifting of the federal moratorium on states being allowed to explore off their coasts for oil and gas deposits. While acknowledging it is only a short-term response, he has described it as a good first step toward reducing U.S. energy dependence on overseas sources.
The Outer Continental Shelf moratorium, passed in 1981, bans exploration for offshore natural gas and oil deposits. Barack Obama, McCain’s opponent for the White House, voted against an effort to lift the ban last year in the Senate. He argued that it was only a short-term solution. National Democratic Party leaders and most environmental organizations for years have strongly opposed efforts to explore for oil off the coast of the U.S.
According to the new survey, 85% of Republicans are in favor of offshore drilling as opposed to 57% of Democrats and 60% of unaffiliated voters. Those who call themselves conservatives favor such drilling 84% to 46% of liberals and 59% of self-designated moderates.
African-American voters are less supportive of such drilling than whites – 58% to 71%.
Women are more skeptical than men about the impact such drilling will have on gas prices: Nearly one out of three male voters (32%) say prices are very likely to go down, a view shared by only 23% of women.
Four out of five Republicans (79%) think prices are likely to fall thanks to offshore drilling, a view shared by only 55% of Democrats. Sixty percent (60%) of unaffiliated voters expect it to happen.
Voters also believe 61% to 22% that oil companies should be required to reinvest at least a portion of their profits into alternative energy research. On this question, liberal and moderate voters are strongly supportive of the proposal while conservatives are more evenly divided (47% of conservatives in favor, 35% opposed)
Data released yesterday showed that Americans believe developing new energy sources is the best long-term solution to the nation’s energy problem. Forty-seven percent (47%) said private companies were more likely to solve the nation’s energy problem than government research programs. But, at the same time, only 52% said companies should be allowed to keep the profits from the discovery of any alternative fuel sources.
he former Minister of Electricity Ayham al-Samurai, who holds American citizenship that operations targeting the multinational forces is the resistance of legitimacy, and hoped to continue, pointing at the same time that he would return to Iraq to engage in political action.
و: The Samurai, who escaped from Iraqi prison following a court order to detain him in administrative corruption cases:
“The resistance in Iraq is legitimate resistance against occupation in the world and any resistance against occupation is legitimate, and we hope the resistance to continue and take the right of the Iraqi people and look forward to increased political wings”
ه In a separate context, Samarra’i said in the press conference he held in the Jordanian capital Amman on Sunday that a maximum contribution of $ 2300 U.S. dollars in support of the Democratic Party candidate, Senator Obama in the state of Chicago, explaining that by saying:
ا”. “States in the U.S. you have the right to donate cash, and I donated $ 2300 dollars for Obama.”
question by “Radio Sawa” on a partisan allegiance alliances revealed its quest to join the new bloc, led by Dr. Iyad Allawi, saying:
“اء”. “We bloc announced by Iyad Allawi, but not the movement of reconciliation. I support Iyad Allawi, he is the symbol of Iraqi Arabs and agree together many of the consensus.”
ن الجبوري قال: Commenting on the question, “Radio Sawa” about whether he has a firm alliance with radioactive or Sha’lan al-Juburi said:
“اء”. “I’ll be that the movement does not talk about names.”
ر العفو العام. The Samurai documents said she stresses to stop all legal proceedings against him and comprehensive resolution of amnesty.
لا It should be noted that former Minister of Electricity Ayham al-Samurai, managed to escape from his prison in Baghdad after his arrest on charges of embezzling state funds and damage in the course of his briefcase and Ministry of Electricity in the interim government led by Iyad Allawi.
ا: Details of the correspondent of “Radio Sawa” in Amman, Laos Tamimi:
I had a a hard time formatting this article, much is lost in translation-for example, I think the statement about the “Briefcase” is actually supposed mean “portfolio”. But the I put the gist of the article in bold type. When a terrorist announces his support for the liberal candidate, it must be broadcast. But all I hear is crickets from the Messiah-Stream-Media. So I guess Ill have to do it. Im not even linking it-if the Obamas and the terrorists dont like it, they can sue me..
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three Ohio men were convicted Friday of plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill American soldiers in Iraq, a case put together with help from a former soldier who posed as a radical bent on violence.
Mohammad Amawi, 28, Marwan El-Hindi, 45, and Wassim Mazloum, 27, face maximum sentences of life in prison. Prosecutors said the men were learning to shoot guns and make explosives while raising money to fund their plans to wage a holy war against U.S. troops.
The federal jury in Toledo returned its verdict after three days of deliberations. U.S. District Judge James G. Carr did not set a sentencing date, said acting U.S. attorney Bill Edwards.
“Today’s verdicts should send a strong message to individuals who would use this country as a platform to plot attacks against U.S. military personnel in Iraq and elsewhere,” said Patrick Rowan, acting assistant attorney general for national security, in a written statement. “This case also underscores the need for continued vigilance in identifying and dismantling extremist plots that develop in America’s heartland.”
Mazloum’s attorney, Mo Abdrabboh, said he was preparing an appeal.
“It’s been a long, long trial,” Abdrabboh said. “We’re disappointed, obviously. … We respect that the jury has spoken, but (Mazloum) has maintained his innocence from the beginning of this.”
Messages seeking comment from the other defense attorneys were not immediately returned. At trial they claimed that the three defendants, who all lived in the Toledo area, were manipulated by the government’s star witness, Darren Griffin.
The undercover FBI informant and former Army Special Forces soldier recorded the men for about two years beginning in 2004 while they talked about training in explosives, guns, and sniper tactics. They often met in their homes and at a tiny storefront mosque where they prayed together.
Defense attorneys noted that Griffin was involved in all conversations the prosecution presented to the jury, and that there was no evidence of telephone conversations or e-mails dealing with the alleged plot among only the defendants.
Griffin won the trust of the men by posing as a former soldier who grew disenchanted with U.S. foreign policy who was now intent on violence against America. Prosecutors said even Griffin’s family had been under the impression that he had become a radical.
Griffin said most people at the mosque shunned him and that no one raised any threats until El-Hindi began talking about kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Amawi, Griffin said, asked him to help him train two recruits from Chicago for holy war.
According to one secret recording made by Griffin, Amawi said he was troubled by the loss of life in New York in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but he quickly added: “Killing Americans in Iraq is OK.”
Griffin testified that he twice traveled to Jordan with Amawi and also taught Amawi and Mazloum how to shoot guns.
El-Hindi told Griffin, according to recordings heard in court, that he knew two cousins who were eager to receive “jihad training.” Griffin asked El-Hindi if he was recruiting for jihad. “Oh no, I just want to take these two,” El-Hindi answered, adding that he wanted to take care of them for their families.
The two Chicago-area cousins – Khaleel Ahmed of Chicago and Zubair A. Ahmed of suburban North Chicago – have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill American soldiers and face trial next year.
Amawi, El-Hindi and Mazloum were convicted of conspiring to kill or maim people outside the United States, including military personnel. Amawi and El-Hindi were convicted of distributing information regarding explosives to terrorists.
Defense attorneys said Griffin lied and manipulated the defendants by putting words in their mouths so that he could stay on the government payroll.
Attorneys for the men also questioned how the three men could have been involved in a conspiracy when they never practiced shooting guns together or watched training videos together.
Griffin testified that the three gathered in the same place just once during the two years he investigated them. He also said that he never saw e-mails from the men that talked about plotting to kill soldiers.
Amawi and El-Hindi are U.S. citizens, and Mazloum came to the U.S. legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan, and Amawi was born in the U.S. but also has Jordanian citizenship.
They had blended easily into the city’s thriving Muslim community.
Mazloum was a college student who helped his brother run a used-car lot. Amawi once worked at a bakery. And El-Hindi was a married father of seven.
All had moved to the Toledo area only in recent years. Still, the arrests stunned the city’s Arab-American community, which has been rooted in the city for generations and produced actor Jamie Farr and entertainer Danny Thomas.
Associated Press writers Thomas J. Sheeran and M.R. Kropko in Cleveland and John Seewer in Toledo contributed to this report.